Category Archives: Tango

Trying Tanguito/Los Angelitos, and not yet finding a solution to my dilemma

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Julia danced with me in the milonga on Tuesday, and told me afterwards that I was ready for the Tango Space intermediate class.

That was extremely encouraging to hear in terms of what it says about my technique, and as the intermediate class is a broad church, I can believe that I am somewhere in the right ballpark technique-wise. But I’m absolutely not able to cope with the step sequences: I’ve seen the kinds of things they do in that class! Even the more complex of the improver sequences took me about 45 minutes to learn, by which point there was little time left to focus on technique …

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Kicking off the Just Dance phase, and a new approach to the blog

Just Dance

I’d decided that moving fully into a Just Dancing phase – as in ceasing all lessons for a time – was just a bit too radical for now. In part because pre-milonga group classes are the best way to meet followers and decide which ones I’d like to cabeceo given the opportunity.

But my focus at present is very much on enjoying the dance, and worrying less about what I’m learning. Which also, I think, needs a new approach to the blog, but I’ll get to that …

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Fewer classes, more dancing (though not in 37C temps …)

fewer classes more dance

As someone put it today, it’s 37C in London and Boris has just been appointed PM: we have officially entered hell.

No more so than in the back room at the Shield Cafe, which is an oven at the best of times …

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Changing direction, in small and large ways

changing direction

Tonight’s Tango Space topic was changing direction. I wasn’t sure what approach to this Fede and Julia would be taking, but in the practica beforehand M wanted to have a go at another method of doing so: the movement from the Boston intermediate class.

I’d shared the demo video of this, and M thought it looked fun. It was indeed, and I hadn’t yet succeeded in leading it as taught, so was happy to give it a go …

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More basics, more presence, more musicality and one more milonga

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Of course, getting the final piece in my vocabulary jigsaw puzzle doesn’t mean that I can rest on my laurels for a while. Indeed, having made the decision to stick to simple, musical dance, then that puts all the focus on my technique!

The idea of today’s private with Julia and Fede, then, was just to dance and for them to figure out the priorities for refining my technique …

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Getting the last piece in my ‘simple, musical dance’ jigsaw puzzle

jigsaw puzzle

This week has been an eventful one in my tango journey!

On Monday, deciding to finally put Pablo’s actitude advice into practice, and set aside my inhibited Brit persona during dance – and immediately seeing how well this worked even in a class.

On Tuesday, verifying that I can actually do this in a milonga, albeit with some caveats. On Thursday, finally being able to drop maths from my tango syllabus. And today, a lesson with Diego which put into place the last piece in my ‘simple, musical dance’ jigsaw puzzle …

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There’s no tango maths required after all!

tango maths

Sometimes a tango teacher will say something that’s blindingly obvious once they’ve said it, but which hadn’t occurred to me before then.

One earlier example was the times I was unsure where my follower’s weight was. The blindingly obvious solution to that, of course, is to lead a weight-change – then you’ll know where it is because you just put it there! And yesterday Irina Zoueva kindly messaged me in response to my previous blog post

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